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Worldwide estimates for February 2024

Link to the VGChartz article here.

PS5 Sells Nearly 1.3M, XS Tops 28M Lifetime - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for February 2024

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console worldwide with 1,285,514 units sold for February 2024, according to VGChartz estimates. The PlayStation 5 has now sold an estimated 55.47 million units lifetime worldwide.

The Nintendo Switch sold an estimated 773,821 units to bring its lifetime sales to 138.50 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 358,794 units to bring their lifetime sales to 28.04 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 6,363 units to bring its lifetime sales to 117.16 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are up by over 12,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are down by nearly 114,000 units. PS4 sold 1,273,065 units for the month of February 2017 and Xbox One sales were at 472,400 units.

PlayStation 5 sales compared to the same month a year ago are down by 510,279 (-28.4%). Xbox Series X|S sales are down by 148,401 units (-29.3%) and Nintendo Switch sales are down by 137,532 units (-15.1%). The PlayStation 4 is down by 15,117 units (-70.4%) year-over-year. 

Looking at sales month-on-month, PlayStation 5 sales are down by nearly 113,000 units, Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 93,000 units, and Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 226,000 units.

2024 year-to-date, the PlayStation 5 has sold an estimated 2.68 million units, the Nintendo Switch has sold 1.77 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.81 million units.

Check out the breakdown of the Americas sales here, the Europe sales here, and the Japan sales here.

Monthly Sales:

Global hardware estimates for February 2024 (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. PlayStation 5 - 1,285,514 (55,471,977)
  2. Switch - 773,821 (138,495,356)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 358,794 (28,044,399)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 6,363 (117,161,408)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates for February 2024:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 497,534
  2. Switch - 246,485
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 232,918
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,191
Europe hardware estimates for February 2024:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 434,848
  2. Switch - 185,217
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 71,142
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,240
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates for February 2024:
  1. Switch - 321,734
  2. PlayStation 5 - 313,102
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 34,766
  4. PlayStation 4 - 3,828
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates for February 2024:
  1. PlayStation 5 - 40,030
  2. Switch - 20,385
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 19,968
  4. PlayStation 4 - 104

Weekly Sales:

Global February 10, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 283,114
  2. Switch - 185,059
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 88,391
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,711

Global February 17, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 315,034
  2. Switch - 186,437
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 85,446
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,248

Global February 24, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 331,975
  2. Switch - 193,812
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 91,351
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,039

Global March 2, 2024 hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 - 355,391
  2. Switch - 208,513
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 93,606
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,365


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Sony has updated its official PlayStation sales page listing the sell-through (sold to consumers) figures they have announced, as well as sell-in (shipped) figures. Sadly, still no PS Vita sales figures. https://sonyinteractive.com/en/our-company/business-data-sales/

Last edited by trunkswd - on 22 March 2024

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PS5 was down a lot but had an incredibly February last year and is basically matching the equivalent month for the PS4 so is still really well though it probably would've done somewhat worse without Helldivers 2. Switch only being down 15% is good and Xbox Series is down a similar amount as the PS5 though unlike that its February last year wasn't anything special so a drop that big is really bad. I wonder if the exclusives debacle contributed to it at all.

Also it's noteworthy that despite Xbox doing worse than last time Playstation isn't doing any better so PS+Xbox is surely losing some people to other platforms like PC.



trunkswd said:

Sony has updated its official PlayStation sales page listing the sell-through (sold to consumers) figures they have announced, as well as sell-in (shipped) figures. Sadly, still no PS Vita sales figures. https://sonyinteractive.com/en/our-company/business-data-sales/

I don't get why Sony doesn't reveal the PS2's full sales numbers and just leaves it at the 2012 figure even though it still sold til 2013.

I get Sony probably did it at the time to make PS3 annual sales numbers in 2012/2013 look better by combining the PS2 sales with the PS3's sales and not revealing the number of PS2's sold, but we're well past that point when the PS3's numbers already been confirmed at this point. It wouldn't hurt Sony at all to reveal that the PS2 sold higher than its 155M figure, not sure why they're still so secretive about it, if anything it'll help their case as the bestselling console ever especially with the Switch now potentially coming close to that 155M figure.



javi741 said:

I don't get why Sony doesn't reveal the PS2's full sales numbers and just leaves it at the 2012 figure even though it still sold til 2013.

I get Sony probably did it at the time to make PS3 annual sales numbers in 2012/2013 look better by combining the PS2 sales with the PS3's sales and not revealing the number of PS2's sold, but we're well past that point when the PS3's numbers already been confirmed at this point. It wouldn't hurt Sony at all to reveal that the PS2 sold higher than its 155M figure, not sure why they're still so secretive about it, if anything it'll help their case as the bestselling console ever especially with the Switch now potentially coming close to that 155M figure.

I agree.

They also need to update and confirm the PSP ones (82.5M), the PS3 ones (yes, I am sure that till the end of 2017 and even maybe 2018 there were some more units sold such maybe to round it to 87.5M or even 88M, the PS4 ones, since again there were sold units in the second half of 2022, 2023, and even some now in 2024.



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Link to the VGChartz article here.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch 2024 Worldwide Sales Comparison Charts Through February

Here we see data representing the sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the three current platforms (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch) and two legacy platforms (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) over comparable periods for 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

2021 – (January 2021 to February 2021)

2022 – (January 2022 to February 2022)

2023 – (January 2023 to February 2023)

2024 – (January 2024 to February 2024)

"Year to date" sales for 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2023 versus 2022 and 2023 versus 2021 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

Microsoft

  • Xbox Series X|S
    • 0.81 units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 128,759 units (-13.7%)

Nintendo

  • Nintendo Switch
    • 1.77 million units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 248,386 units (-12.3%)

Sony

  • PlayStation 5
    • 2.68 million units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 405,304 units (-13.1%)
  • PlayStation 4
    • 13,005 units sold year-to-date
    • Down year-on-year 27,495 (-67.9%)


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Link to the VGChartz article here.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch Launch Sales Comparison Through Month 40

This monthly series compares the aligned launch sales of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.

It should be noted the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch, while the PlayStation 5 launch was split over the course of two weeks. Also, the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S launched during the holidays in November 2020.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Global:

  1. Switch: 59,883,309
  2. PS5: 55,471,977
  3. XSX|S: 28,044,399

Through the first 40 months available worldwide the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 4.41 million units and is 31.84 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 27.43 million units.

The Switch has sold 59.88 million in 40 months worldwide, while the PS5 sold 55.47 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 28.04 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 40 months, the Switch is in the lead. The Switch has a 41.7 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 38.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 19.6 percent.


PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch US:

  1. Switch: 20,284,720
  2. PS5: 19,483,329
  3. XSX|S: 14,018,214

Through the first 40 months available in the US the Nintendo Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 0.80 million units and is 6.27 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 5.47 million units.

The Switch has sold 20.28 million in 40 months in the US, while the PS5 sold 19.48 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 14.02 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 40 months, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 37.7 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 36.2 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 26.1 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Europe:

  1. PS5: 18,335,618
  2. Switch: 15,408,787
  3. XSX|S: 7,523,786

Through the first 40 months available in Europe the PlayStation 5 is ahead of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Switch by 2.93 million units and is 10.81 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 7.89 million units.

The PS5 has sold 18.34 million in 40 months in Europe, while the Switch sold 15.41 million units and the Xbox Series X|S 7.52 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 40 months, the PlayStation 5 currently leads. The PS5 has a 44.4 percent marketshare, the Switch sits at 37.4 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 18.2 percent.

PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X|S Vs. Switch Japan:

  1. Switch: 14,102,185
  2. PS5: 5,346,958
  3. XSX|S: 564,766

Through the first 40 months available in Japan the Switch is ahead of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S by a wide margin. The Switch is ahead of the PS5 by 8.76 million units and is 13.54 million units ahead of the Xbox Series X|S. The PS5 is ahead of the Xbox Series X|S by 4.78 million units.

The Switch has sold 14.10 million units in 40 months in Japan, while the PS5 has sold 5.35 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S 0.56 million units.

Looking at the marketshare through 40 months, the Switch currently leads. The Switch has a 70.5 percent marketshare, the PS5 sits at 26.7 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S at 2.8 percent.



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~1.7m sell-through for Switch in 2024 is a good start, on pace to reach 2.5m for the first quarter. There will be tougher months for comparison ahead (the TotK period in particular), but if Switch will be down ~25% for the whole year, that will still be a good result, especially considering its age. VGC has Switch at 16.3m for 2023, so -25% for 2024 are 12.2m.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV will outsell Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I was wrong.

Looks like the Americas and worldwide March estimates will be delayed until the beginning of May with March NPD/Circana not being posted until May 1.



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trunkswd said:

Looks like the Americas and worldwide March estimates will be delayed until the beginning of May with March NPD/Circana not being posted until May 1.

For situations like these I want back the weekly comparisons .. or at least monthly estimates you did before, when NPD reports weren't still avaiable, so that the numbers are out when it's right, not a full month later .. In may we get for march ..

Let aside the stupidity of NPD counting the first 6 days of April as a march week ..

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